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Benbow and Lubinski win 2018 ISIR Lifetime Achievement Awards

2/17/2018 — Professors Camilla P. Benbow and David Lubinski have been selected to receive The International Society for Intelligence Research’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Intelligence. Benbow and Lubinski co-direct the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development. The 50-year longitudinal study of 5,000 highly talented individuals is the world’s foremost long-term examination of intellectually gifted individuals. Benbow is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development. Lubinski is professor of psychology and human development and an investigator at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. Both have been honored with Mensa Education and Research Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards and similar awards from the National Association for Gifted Children. Benbow and Lubinski will receive the ISIR Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s annual conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July. At the 2019 ISIR annual conference in Minneapolis, they are to share their latest round of results from their study and deliver the keynote address.


Sterba wins 2018 Early Career Impact Award from FABBS!

2/13/2018 — Sonya Sterba was awarded the 2018 Early Career Impact Award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) which "recognizes scientists who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior." FABBS is focused specifically on promoting the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior in the U.S as well as advocacy and educational activities before the U.S Congress and federal science agencies. Sonya, an Associate Professor and Director of the Quantitative Methods Program in the Department of Psychology and Human Development, was nominated for the award by the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. As part of the award she will be interviewed and an article about her research will be written for the general public. More information about this award is available here: http://fabbs.org/honoring-our-scientists/
Congratulations, Sonya!


Sterba receives 2018 Anne Anastasi Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award from APA!

2/13/2018 — Sonya Sterba, an Associate Professor and Director of the Quantitative Methods Program in the Department of Psychology and Human Development, just won the 2018 Anne Anastasi Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award from the Quantitative and Qualitative Methods Division of the American Psychological Association. This award "recognizes outstanding contributions to quantitative research methods" and will be associated with a presentation at the 2018 APA Convention. More information about the award can be obtained here: http://www.apadivisions.org/division-5/awards/anastasi-early-career.aspx
Congratulations, Sonya!


Kate Humphreys named 2018 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star!

1/04/2018 — Kathryn (Kate) Humphreys, who will be joining the department of Psychology & Human Development in 2018, has been selected as a 2018 APS rising star. This prestigious award places Kate among an impressive group of early stage faculty who are already making significant contributions in psychological science. Her work has largely centered on early adversity, as stress in early life increases the risk for a number of difficulties across the lifespan. Kate s postdoctoral research at Stanford focused on examining how early experiences manifest physiologically, as well as identifying potential avenues to enhance the caregiving environment for children at risk for psychopathology. Congrulations Kate!


Emily Fyfe named 2018 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star!

1/02/2018 — Emily Fyfe, a former Peabody Psychology & Human Development Ph.D. student (advisor: Bethany Rittle-Johnson) has been selected as a 2018 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star. This prestigious award places Emily among an impressive group of early stage faculty who are already making significant contributions in psychological science. Emily's research in cognitive development focuses on the development of mathematics knowledge and problem solving with the of goal understanding how children think and learn about math, both independently and with instructional guidance. Congratulations Emily on this well-deserved award!


Welcome Autumn and Kate

10/30/2017 — The Department of Psychology and Human Development would like to welcome two new faculty members, Autumn Kujawa and Kate Humphreys.

Autumn Kujawa’s research focuses on identifying predictors of the development of psychopathology and improving early intervention efforts, especially in regards to emotional processing, life stress, and the development of depression and anxiety in childhood and adolescence. She is also interested in developing novel approaches for predicting response to early intervention and providing more specific targets for treatment. Her work integrates multiple methods, including behavioral, psychophysiological (e.g., startle reflex, event-related potentials), and neural measures (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging) in order to better understand emotional processing across levels of analysis. Autumn received her PhD in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University in 2015 before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She joins us from Penn State University where she is currently an Assistant Professor.

Kathryn (Kate) Humphreys joins us from Stanford University where she is currently a postdoctoral fellow. Kate received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014, and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Tulane University School of Medicine with a focus on Infant Mental Health. Kate is broadly interested in the development of psychopathology. Her work has largely centered on early adversity, as stress in early life increases the risk for a number of difficulties across the lifespan. Kate’s postdoctoral research at Stanford focused on examining how early experiences manifest physiologically, as well as identifying potential avenues to enhance the caregiving environment for children at risk for psychopathology.


Welcome Thilo and Kari

8/15/2017 — The Department of Psychology would like to welcome two new faculty members, Thilo Womelsdorf and Kari Hoffman.

Thilo received his PhD from the Georg-August University (Germany) and trained as a post-doc fellow at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour in the Netherlands before joining the faculty at York University in Canada in 2011. The crux of Thilo's research concerns understanding the circuit mechanisms of attention and control in non-human primates. Specifically, his research aims at discovering (1) how these cell-circuit-systems levels interplay to bring about adaptive behavior, (2) which factors cause a break down of this interplay in disease, and (3) how interventions can prevent such break-down. In his research, Thilo employs multiple innovative approaches including multi-electrodes implanted in multiple brain areas, naturalistic tasks, sophisticated analytical methods and pharmacological manipulations. He has won the Petro Canada Young Innovator Award in 2014 and a Merit Award (2012) from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at York University. Just like Kari, his research is exceptionally well funded by multiple CIHR Operating Grants, NSERC Discovery Grant, an NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience plus CIHR New Investigator and Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.

Kari has a very distinguished training pedigree (PhD. at the University of Arizona in Dr. Bruce McNaughton's laboratory, Post-doctoral fellowship at the Max-Plank Institute with Dr. Nikos Logothetis) that was recognized upon her faculty appointment at York University (Canada) through an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship and Ontario Early Researcher Award. Kari's research interests center around the neural mechanisms underlying perception and memory formation in human and non-human primates. Her lab uses state-of-the-art technology, including multichannel recording and stimulation techniques applied during behavioral tasks, along with timeand frequency-domain analysis techniques. Current scientific goals encompass understanding the cellular basis of oscillatory brain activity and determine the role such activity may play in adaptive behaviors such as exploration and memory-guided exploitation of the environment. Kari has an exceptionally well funded research program supported, among others, by an NSERC Research Tools and Instruments grant, an NSERC CREATE Training Grant, as well as awards from the Krembil Foundation and Alzheimer Society of Canada, and is currently PI of a large multi-investigator grant from Brain Canada.